The People of Shadowcliff
Ariana Friedlander- Chair
Ariana Friedlander, MPA is a community organizer, a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Rosabella Consulting, LLC. She works with leaders doing business as UNusual. Ariana specializes in fostering positive change in an organization’s culture so it remains relevant in the 21st century. Ariana received the 4th Annual Quid Novi award for Innovative Thought for EntrepreNerds™. She has her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from the University of Delaware and her BA from Hampshire College. Ariana lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and daughter.
Skelly Warren - Secretary
Skelly, a retired theatre professor, was recently elected to the board. His 1972 connection to Grand Lake and ultimately Shadowcliff was the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. His wife, Judith, and he revived the theatre in 1995; after retiring from that they were delighted to serve Shadowcliff as managers from 2007 until 2013. His love and commitment to Grand Lake, Shadowcliff, and the natural beauty surrounding them has brought him to the board. His staff experience and knowledge of the town of Grand Lake will make him a valuable resource for the board.
Larry Leblang - Treasurer
Michael Dorosch is a retired small business owner who spends a lot of time volunteering. Since 2004, he has been Director of the annual HIV Retreat at Shadowcliff, started over 20 years ago by the founders of Shadowcliff. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of Treatment Educat10n Network (TEN). Its programs include the HIV Retreat, monthly Community Educat10nal Forums, and so much more. He also serves on the Colorado State ADAP Advisory Committee and the University of Colorado ACTG CAB. Nationally, he is involved in the Drug Development Committee of ATAC and the Global Community Advisory Board of the ACTG. He enjoys camping and skiing and spending time with his best friend Skylab “Sky”.
Jamie first visited Shadowcliff while serving as CEO of an environmental organization in Kansas City
during which he expanded his understanding of sustainability issues, climate change, community
advocacy and volunteerism. During several visits he found Shadowcliff to be a haven for education,
inspiration and rejuvenation. Jamie spent the first ten years of his career working for the Oklahoma
Department of Corrections where he learned much (in retrospect) as a Warden and Deputy Warden.
Subsequently he worked for nearly 30 years as CEO and regional manager of continuing care retirement
communities coast-to-coast, most recently in the Kansas City area. He and his wife Judy vacationed with
their four kids in the mountains for many years and he has a decades-long interest in sustainable design.
Recently retired, he looks forward to spending time with family and his three granddaughters.
Doug is a Manufactures Representative specializing in electronic test and measurement equipment. He lives in Olathe Kansas. Doug visited Shadowcliff for the first time 20 years ago and has been coming back ever since. He enjoys volunteering and the opportunity to be a small part of an amazing place. He encourages everyone to come and experience Shadowcliff as a guest a volunteer or both. When Doug is not volunteering, you will find him bushwhacking and backpacking Rocky Mountain National Park.
Sue Rempel spent almost every summer of her childhood and adulthood with her family in Grand Lake- first building Shadowcliff. She lived and volunteered at Shadowcliff through college; it has always been an integral part of her life. After several years of not being able to be in Grand Lake in the summer, she is looking forward to offering her support to the future of Shadowcliff as it also holds the vision and commitment that Warren and Patt Rempel held as they built each building- their dream and their life’s work. Sue is a hospice nurse and now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her family. She has 2 beautiful adult sons, Alexander and Nicholas, who grew up spending summers in Grand Lake, sharing many of the same experiences she had as a child.
Terry discovered Shadowcliff’s magic on a week-long retreat with 40 members of his Kansas City congregation in 1976. Six of those individuals have since served as managers, staff or on the board. He designs and facilitates processes that change an organization’s or community’s culture, and coaches CEO’s through organizational transition. He and Eldonna have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. They divide their time between a western Kansas ranch and Denver.
As a former co-director, Judith brings a wealth of Shadowcliff history and expertise to the Board and staff. She has played a key role in developing Shadowcliff’s food philosophy and Compassionate Kitchen and continues to provide guidance in many Shadowcliff operational issues.
Randal Friesen, Architect – Randy first came to Shadowcliff at age 7 in 1962 and has been actively participating on a regular basis since moving to Denver in 1980 after graduating from KSU. Randy participated on the board with founders Warren and Patt Rempel, working through the transition of SC to non-profit status and new directors Bob and Judith Mann. He has been very involved in facility upkeep, and redesign/ remodeling processes through the years. To Randy, Shadowcliff embodies the ‘spirituality’, and helps foster the stewardship of, our beautiful earth, and he hopes to continue to strengthen that ethos.
Bill Lepentis - designer, professor, strategist and researcher. He has over 25 years in the architectural design, master planning, and construction management industry. His projects include social change initiatives and innovations involving the elimination of homelessness and poverty. Bill’s thesis work and concentration included innovations, services, environments and products involving play-based learning for early childhood education. The last five years has seen Bill’s design practice evolve into a design research and strategy consulting firm; linking traditional practices with new, human-centered design approaches, helping companies and organizations grow and succeed.
Jay Liebenguth is a business journalist focused on gaining insights from talking with business leaders and sharing their stories with his audience. He produces and hosts two radio shows each week to introduce you to some of the rising stars in the business community and to expose you to new and proven concepts from people who have “been there, done that.” His format provides visibility, credibility, and direct “why to buy” publicity for his guests. He interviews over 250 people per year, most in a live, unedited setting. Jay has been an active member of Shadowcliff’s marketing committee since 2012.
Bob is a retired co-director of Shadowcliff. He continues to develop and inspire Shadowcliff programming with his wisdom and wit. As a former director, Bob is an invaluable resource to the Board about all things related to Shadowcliff and more. Bob is also very active in creating partnerships for Shadowcliff, and probably planning a future Shadowcliff workshop as you read this.
Susan Miller has spent more than 20 years guiding clarity and consensus for productive change. Most recently her expertise is leading companies through strategic planning, program development and process/workforce optimization. She leverages her leadership experience as a consultant, facilitator, strategist, and project manager working for and representing large national corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and start-ups, across multiple industries including education, manufacturing and the environment. Growing up in Wisconsin, she has a strong passion for the importance of accessibility to the outdoors. When she’s not brainstorming innovative solutions with clients, Susan can often be found on a body of water or on her road bike.
Executive Director: Kathy Baldwin
Kathy joins the Shadowcliff family as Executive Director with over 30 years professional experience in both corporate and nonprofit settings, most recently serving as resident caretaker for the Santa Fe Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Originally residing in Kansas City, Kathy also worked in varying capacities for 18 years at the Kansas City Academy, a small independent middle and high school. It was in her capacity as Head of School at the Academy that she first visited Shadowcliff over 10 years ago, returning several more times with students and faculty.
Director of Shadowcliff Community Operations: Emily Cesca
Born in Portland, OR Emily lived most of her life in California until she relocated to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2015. With a professional background in finance, operations, and personnel management, she shifted gears and now spends her time teaching public and private yoga classes, leading workshops and trainings, helping to manage a yoga studio, and assisting with retreats. A nature girl at heart, Emily is at home outdoors, whether in the water, in the jungle, or in the mountains, and she loves to experience the natural beauty of Shadowcliff and the surrounding area of Grand Lake. This will be Emily’s fourth season at Shadowcliff. She is excited to return and is incredibly grateful for being able to call Shadowcliff her summer home. Aside from her work for Shadowcliff and teaching in Vallarta, Emily is currently undergoing a 900-hour Yoga Therapy certification.
Operations Supervisor: Kate Trice
Kate has spent the last decade as a community organizer supporting projects that are important to her. In 2008 she founded the Denton Community Market 501c3, a local art and farmer’s market in Denton, Texas. In 2017, she lived and worked as the Assistant Field Supervisor for a six-acre organic farm and ecovillage in the Indiana hill country. In 2018 she relocated to Hot Springs, Arkansas where she launched her own social media marketing company and helped local hot spring spas, breweries, and the farmer’s market promote their products and services through graphic design on social networks. Her hobbies include photography, playing ukulele, poetry, yoga, camping, and hiking. She also enjoys traveling in her vintage trailer, a 1963 Shasta named “Dorothy.”
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Compassionate Kitchen Lead Cook: Kestrel Mills
Kestrel Mills started baking desserts (or making messes) at age 7. She has cooked for retreats, conferences, gatherings, festivals and communities around the country. Kestrel jumped into large group cooking as a resident volunteer of Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts. She then headed up the kitchen at a social justice summer camp for teens in the mountains of Vermont for three summers, ran the Food Processing program at Twin Oaks Community in Virginia canning and freezing hundreds of pounds of produce, and was Head Food Fairy for the Women’s Gathering and Intentional Communities Conferences held there. Kestrel has several food allergies and is passionate about healthy, delicious food no matter one’s dietary needs. She holds a Permaculture Design certificate and is also passionate about local and sustainable ingredients. Kestrel loves food and looks forward to feeding you at Shadowcliff this summer.
Guest Experience Coordinator: Isabel Brooke
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Isabel just graduated in May from Ithaca College in New York with a degree in Politics and Philosophy/Religion. At Ithaca, she wrote about political and philosophical issues for various on-campus publications and volunteered with a local agency dedicated to providing resources for people who have been affected by domestic and/or sexual abuse. Recently, she has worked on political campaigns, in restaurants, in public affairs, in research, and more, but she's been wanting to move west for the past few years and is so excited to be on the Shadowcliff team this summer. Isabel loves writing, playing sports, being outside, and road trips.
Compassionate Kitchen Support Cook
Currently recruiting. To apply: www.shadowcliff.org/jobs
Currently recruiting. To apply: www.shadowcliff.org/jobs
Guest Experience Staff: Bleu Wenzel
Bleu Wenzel is a life enthusiast. He believes that every action we take today paves a path for the future. The path that he takes is associated with education, wellness, and fulfillment. Bleu is an active herbalist, life coach, organic chemistry practitioner, science educator, yogi, and live poet. He was formally educated in Chemistry from Texas State University and now he uses his powers for the wellness of nature as a whole.
Bleu currently manufactures regenerative elixirs for those with arthritis and diabetic pains. And he looks forward to meeting you!
Guest Experience Staff: Natalynn Browning
Having lived on the edge of a national forest for almost her whole life, Natalynn has grown up with a great appreciation for the outdoors. She loves to hike, trail run, backpack, and garden, pretty much anything that will get her outside!
Guest Experience Staff: Olivia Lerz
Currently residing in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I make coffee for the lovely, small community of my town, when not doing that I'm always biking or hiking, doing something outdoors. I have a great passion for the natural cycle of life and our place in it, as well as how nature is medicine to us, which has led me to culinary school! I'm very excited to be in the mountains, connecting with nature and meeting new people, sharing all of this together!
Guest Experience Staff: Sydney Sirkin
Hi! I’m Sydney from Connecticut, and currently attend Elon University in North Carolina for Arts Administration and Environmental Studies. I studied abroad in Dublin, which furthered my love for our natural landscape, hiking, ancient forts, and of course, potatoes. I also like yoga, dance, reading, cooking, and I work in the theatrical costume shop at my university. I’m so excited for a completely new experience at Shadowcliff!
Guest Experience Staff
Currently recruiting. To apply: www.shadowcliff.org/jobs